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  • n. Debt acquired through normal financial transactions which later proves to have little or no actual value

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  • Yeah but.

    Those words are all far older than 2008.

    February 8, 2009

  • Over at the American Dialect Society, someone was less than impressed with the shortlist:

    "Gee, this is pretty disappointing. You think of Oz you think of all that hearty slang like 'bogan', 'tin-arsed', 'bludger', ''within cooeeof' and such like, but this is all stunt words & media portmanteaux. I did have hopes for 'toad buster' but then I looked it up and discovered it just means somebody who busts toads."

    - Geoff Nunberg, ADS Forum, 7 Jan 2009.

    February 8, 2009

  • Fascinating stuff - thanks, kewpid & bilby!

    February 5, 2009

  • Sorry about this long post of the short-listed words and the various categories of the MD woty 2008:

    ENTERTAINMENT

    machinima

    mockbuster

    webcom

    car crash TV

    verbatim theatre

    BUSINESS

    animateur

    moral hazard

    freeconomics

    GFC

    toxic debt

    COLLOQUIAL

    toad buster

    bromance

    fanta pants

    bff

    dub-a-dub-dub

    COMMUNICATIONS

    internet roaming

    lifestreaming

    QR code

    sexting

    textaholic

    ECOLOGY

    bioplastic

    ecocentrism

    ecolabel

    ecotheology

    conservation tillage

    ENVIRONMENT

    bioethanol

    global commons

    guerilla gardener

    plastic soup

    water footprint

    FASHION

    ear gauging

    lace eyelashes

    mouth grills

    pimp cup

    scene kid

    EATING AND DRINKING

    black tomato

    guerilla dining

    kiwi berry

    shisha tobacco

    yuzu

    GENERAL INTEREST

    Wii shoulder

    nomophobia

    twitterverse

    sugging

    shwopping

    GENETICS

    directional selection

    divorce gene

    hybrid embryo

    saviour sibling

    supergene

    HEALTH

    baby brain

    bionic eye

    brain bank

    dysthymia

    personal medical alarm

    INTERNET

    celeblog

    click-and-mortar

    extreme programming

    linkbait

    lolcat

    LAW

    Brendan's law

    collaborative law

    lawfare

    patent troll

    transformative justice

    POLITICS

    climate porn

    pod person

    climate wars

    environmental equity

    wholesale politics

    SOCIAL INTEREST

    bullycide

    celebutard

    fur child

    generation Z

    helicopter parenting

    SPECIALIST

    water splitting

    mirror matter

    audiation

    GIS

    Torino scale

    SPORT

    chess boxing

    chicken-wing tackle

    adventure running

    roller trainer

    tunnelling

    TECHNOLOGY

    uberveillance

    electronic whiteboard

    fire cam

    PODS

    terminator technology

    TOURISM

    connoisseur tourism

    flashpacker

    granny season

    film tourism

    wellness tourism

    February 5, 2009

  • Macquarie Dictionary's 2008 word of the year. It is two words.

    February 4, 2009